Moon in Gemini, 2014

by on Nov.08, 2014, under astrology, celebration, garden, magickal info, moon magick, Moon Unit, ritual tools, rituals, spells and rituals, the moon

Full moon in Gemini

If I were to be casting a horary or event chart, I’d try to avoid this time when the moon is in Gemini.  Especially if I were to be looking at events or situations that involved a mass of people.  The political events of the last few days are a good case in point.


Gemini is not a good resting place for the moon in general.  She has absolutely no dignity (to use a classical astrology term) here, neither good nor bad.  In other words, there is no juice fueling the moon at this time.  No support from the Universal Source.  It’s a place either resting or wandering around blindly.  Since Gemini is an air sign, and one that is often regarded as social, that would tell us that in the realm of ideas, there’s either not much happening, or if it is happening, there’s little connect, or ‘lots of sound and fury signifying not much’.  A political victory for the PR team, or the media, rather than the reality of a candidate or particular issues, is perfectly in alignment with this energy.

However, astrology, like the world, is not simple.  This is not a case of up and down thumbs, or the switch is on or off.  Gemini has it’s characteristics, and for gardeners or creatives, even an airy and chattery moon like this one has its uses.

Since we are about to leave the peak and start sliding down into the dark side of the moon, you might want to consider planning your cutting back, your active pruning of those things you don’t really want to grow back.  Since it’s air, above ground cutting, flowers and ornamentals, and probably most fun of all, start to plan your next garden, or garden room.  Anywhere in your landscaping where you will be social is a good thing to look at right now.  You can begin to work on redesigning your BBQ space, if you have one.  The driveway or entry to your home, where visitors knock on your door, and what flowers or ornamental plants you want in those spaces is good to focus on.

Moving away from the garden, as the moon begins to fade, start to think about things you might like to repurpose in your home – especially if it involves getting rid of the old.  Have you thought about repurposing your job?  Can you take some of the knowledge and training from old projects and create better ones?  Leave creation of new things for the other half of the month, but reworking something that needs new thoughts and ideas, or a new perspective, is an excellent use of this energy.

If you are a weekend worker, or are trying hard to finish a project and are finding things not quite jelling as they should, or are part of an ensemble of any kind that seems to be pulling in different directions, think on this.  Perhaps your work team is irritating you right now (no!).  Perhaps you are stumped by a plethora of choices.  Don’t try to make sense or achieve cohesion right now.  Let everyone bring what they have to the table, and gather it in.  Cull what is obviously over the top, or even disruptive or damaging team members, just as you’d prune that climbing honeysuckle that’s threatening to tear off a part of your nice gingerbread decorations!  Just let the ideas accumulate, or look at what you have and discard the obviously unworkable ones, and wait for the moon to move into Cancer, where it will be in it’s happy place!  This will happen very soon,  before Monday morning.  Perhaps you will wake up to that Aha! moment when all of a sudden your choices make sense and your project efforts click.  You intuitively flow with the right choices.  You may find the team working with more emotional intensity, but in a more cohesive way during that time, especially if you’ve done the intellectual pruning work right now and gotten rid of some baggage.

As far as ritual goes, the full moon energy will be around another day or two.  It’s fall.  The year is declining on it’s way to the Winter Solstice, and the moon is about to turn and begin the descent as well.  This is a lovely time to look at what you have accomplishes over the summer, what you’ve been given, and to start thinking of what you’d like to make of it.  Where would you like to be this time next year?  Giving thanks isn’t limited to a day of eating lots of tofu turkey and lying around with your tummies in the air, watching TV and scratching the dog.  Why not cast a circle in the Full Moon energy, using this airy time to bless items that help the energy of your home.


Here’s a ritual to make and bless a broom.

Cast your circle, using both your incense smudge and salted and purified water to sprinkle the ritual space clean.  Greet the quarters, if you wish, and welcome the Moon Goddess into your space.  You may call her Diana, or Selene, or simply the Lady.

If you did not do this at Samhain, bless a fall apple, eat half, and offer the other half to the Moon Goddess.  If you cut it in half along it’s equator (stem is the North Pole), then you will see the 5 pointed star within.

Since you are spending the weekend cutting back those twiggy plants that are taking over your garden, or have made a trip to your broom patch to clip materials, AND collected your broom’s handle before you started, you have everything in the circle with you now, don’t you!  LOL!!!  Don’t forget the twine! (and the gorilla glue) 🙂

Gather the stalks of the broom (or twigs from another woody plant you’d like to use) now, tying them together as you state your intention and set that into place with your energy as you attach the bundle to the branch or dowel you’ve chosen as a handle.  This tool symbolically aligns with the turn of the moon in retreat, as it is intended to discard or sweep clean of whatever you choose.  It may be new to you, however you’ve had to prune branches or stalks to make it, and it contains the essence of the air of Gemini.  It will be especially good for ridding yourself of unwanted guests!

In addition to letting go of unnecessary or surplus situations or people or objects, this broom is of course lovely for sweeping things INTO your life.  However now is not the time for that.  Wait until Diana’s Bow!

After a period of dancing around your (hopefully private) circle with your new toy, thank the Moon Goddess for gracing you with her presence.  Speak your emotions to her as she hangs in the sky above you.  Release her from the ritual with courtesy and thanksgiving.  Release the quarters if you’ve called them, and you can use your new broom to sweep down the circle itself, obscuring the energy line in the earth as you ‘see’ it fading away, dispelled by your efforts.

Eat chocolate.  Ground yourself and let the energies drain back into the earth so that they do not stagnate in your system.  It’s important to be and stay as grounded as you can, to take care of your nervous system.

Last night I watched the full moon rise over the waves crashing on the shore of the Atlantic ocean.  It was lovely, and this morning I walked on the beach as the sun was rising, the full moon setting in the west, and the brown pelicans flying over the surf, looking for their breakfast.  So I’m giving thanks for this peaceful time tonight. I’ll have my list of things to appreciate, which I will tie with sky blue and yellow ribbons (air element colors), and place on the altar.  Next, I’ll write out those things I can safely sweep out of my life, and place it in the burner, using my feather fan to blow the flame into being, and the smoke into the sky.  Feel free to join me with your own ideas.  And always always please add your thoughts to the comments beneath the posts.  I’d love to hear from you.

Blessed be,
Marie Angeli

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The New Wand Pt. 3: Taking the Wand

by on Mar.16, 2012, under astrology, creativity, ritual tools, the moon

Hello my dears!

We have a few eventful days coming upon us quickly!  Time is flying, and we are approaching the New Moon of March.  (the peak of the Dark moon will be March 22 at about 2:45pm UT)

The peak is close, and thus the energies of the Dark moon begin to seep into our consciousness.  This is the time of pruning, of cutting from our lives those things that we no longer need or want, or of harvesting or taking in those things that belong to us.  It is a time of defining what we have accomplished in this past month, and beginning to plan what we wish to achieve in the new month approaching.

At the beginning of the present moon cycle, I wrote about finding your wand.  I recommended searching for the tree and the branch and marking it for yourself, or finding the dowel or walking stick to re-purpose.  I recommended taking time to align your energies with the host tree, to wend your way psychically into the wood element.  I spoke of some of the benefits of aligning your spine with wood energy in nature, and of the extension of your own life force blended with the tree’s energy that your wand would become.

Spring Dogwood

Now we come to the time of wand taking.  On the 17th of this month of March, at about 4:30pm UT (or 30 minutes past 12 noon here on the East Coast of the US), the moon will go into Aquarius.  You may remember my last post on the New Moon in Aquarius, and how I spoke of Aquarius as being a barren air sign, most commonly used for pruning, or even harvesting.  Well this wand was conceived, if you will, in a fruitful sign, either Pisces or Taurus if you were following along with my suggestions.  It is appropriate that it be harvested in the sign of cutting.

Why would we want to avoid harvesting in the sign of Pisces, just days before the New Moon?  After all, the Pisces Moon was the first choice of times to choose the tree and mark the branch.  Wouldn’t it be good to go full cycle?  It is not about cycle, so much as it is about timing.  Pisces, being a fertile and watery sign, increases the likelihood that whatever you cut during this sign will bleed and rot.  It is neither a good sign for surgery, nor for harvesting things you wish to keep from plants you wish to live.  So we will avoid it, and use the waning moon in Aquarius, as it is perfect for our purposes.  If you are otherwise occupied on the 17th and 18th, and cannot go out to harvest your wand, then you CAN use the last four or five hours before the peak of the Dark of the Moon, when the Moon will go into Aries.  However, the caveat here is twofold:

  • First, you will be two days after the Spring Equinox, as the Sun will enter Aries at 5:15am UT on March 20.  This is pretty much traditionally the last of the wand harvesting days.  But again, it is only two days past, and it would be better to time the harvest to the moon phase and sign, so as to avoid the complications of harvesting at a time that will impede what you are trying to do.
  • Second, I tend to avoid practical magick during the peak of the Dark Moon personally, as I find the energies to be very intense.  Instead, I use the Dark of the Moon for divination, where I seek to see into the unknown, or internally purposed High Ritual, where I attempt to journey into deep inner paths.  But it is true that Moon in Aries is dry, fiery, and fast.  Very good for harvest overall.  So if you wish, or circumstances allow, the small window of time just before the peak of the Dark would be the next time to cut the wand.

However, as I said above, the best timing in terms of high holiday and moon phase, would be the 17th and the 18th of March.

Here are your wand cutting suggestions:

  • Remember to take an offering to the tree, and present yourself respectfully.  A cup of compost tea, a jug of good blessed spring water, copper pennies, something small and silver.  Whatever you give is up to you, but don’t forget to give in thanks.  You are not dominating the tree or the branch by cutting it.  You are being gifted by the forces of nature.  This is a privilege.
  • When you cut your wand, use the sharpest trimmers or pruners you can find.  Sharpen them yourself if you need to.  This will make the cut much less traumatic, less crushing, and cleaner for the tree.
  • Cut your branch outside of the branch collar or the knot in the trunk that your branch springs out from.
  • Make the cut at a diagonal, so that the bottom sticks out and the top of the cut comes closer to the collar.
  • Just remember NOT to cut into the collar.  Remain just outside of it.  This way the tree will remain healthy and it’s main branch will not be impaired.
  • Since we are cutting for wands, the branch you will cut probably will not be larger than 1″ in diameter, and so you can just cut cleanly in a single snip.
  • And, since the branch we are cutting is relatively small, you should not need to worry about sealing the wound.  The tree will heal itself just fine, especially if you have meditated with the tree, and it has withdrawn some of its energy in preparation for the loss of the branch.

Next you will need to trim the branch to the correct size for your wand.

  • Take the branch back to your place, and lay it down on a table.
  • Determine where you want the butt-end of the wand to be (about your thumb’s width or slightly larger OR at a place where the branch looks really wonderful or unusual)
  • Mark this place with a pen or chalk.
  • Lay your forearm down next to or on top of the branch, with your elbow at the place you’ve just marked.
  • Stretch out your fingers to their furthest reach along the branch, and mark the place where your longest or middle finger ends.
  • Using a dremmel or a similar small saw, cut the two places you have marked.

Congratulations.  You have your wand.

Now put the wand in a warm dry place for a few days.  Don’t be afraid to handle it as much as you want.  Familiarity breeds better magick.  And don’t throw away the branch pieces you have trimmed off.  You will use these for that Rune set we will make a bit later on!  Leave these pieces in the same warm dry place for awhile.

Good work, my dears!  You have the first of your magickal tools.  I will be back in a few days to talk about the Spring Equinox, and to suggest ways to decorate your wand to make it fully yours.

Blessed Be,
Marie Angeli

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